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IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation 
(A non-profit 501(c)(3) US Organization)



IITRHF was founded on 07/07/2007
Now in its 11th year of operations, here is a summary:
IITRHF programs:
  • Annual Heritage Excellence Awards (~50 awards/ year)
  • Annual Business Plan Competition Awards (~6 awards/ year)
  • Summer Internships at US Universities
  • One year Internships in US companies
Accomplishments to date: Over 150 alumni donors have joined hands resulting in these milestones:
  • Established a Faculty Chair in Soil Dynamics
  • Established annual Best Faculty award for Rs 2 Lacs
  • Facilitated 1 year paid internships at Cisco, USA for 15 students
  • Arranged for 15+ guest lectures at IITR campus
  • Awarded 45+ awards in Annual Business Plan competition 
  • Awarded 48+ travel grants for Research Paper Presentations
  • Distributed 450+ Heritage Excellence Awards, and
  • Coordinated equipment donation to IITR worth US $250K
All this has been possible because of alumni contributions and volunteer efforts. Please spread the word to your fellow Roorkee alums to donate to IITRHF, and check with your employer for matching contributions to double your donation.

If you like to participate as a co-chair for any Program, or have idea for a new Program, please let us know. 


Please forward to your contacts who may not be receiving this newsletter!

Message from Dean of Resources and Alumni Affairs Prof. B. R. Gurjar

IIT Roorkee invites nominations for the 
under the following categories:

  1. Academic or Research Excellence
  2. Excellence in Engineering or Technology Innovation
  3. Managerial Excellence in Private, Public or Government Sector
  4. Entrepreneurial Excellence
  5. Excellence in Service to the Society

Last Date for Nomination : 15th May 2018

Yours truly,
ROORKEE # 247 667, Uttarakhand, INDIA

IITRHF Program: Personalized Excellence Awards 

2017 Excellence Awards Update: 

Forty six winners were recognized out of 328 applicants. Each winner received a certificate and check for Rs10,000 on February 15, 2018 at IIT Roorkee.

List of the winners is available at 2017 Excellence Awards Recipients
Photos of the ceremony are available at 2017 Excellence Awards Photos

The 46 IITRHF Annual Excellence Awards covers all branches and departments. Of these, 38 are personalized by donors to honor their family members.

For a complete list of all personalized award donors, visit Personalized Awards page

To set up a personalized award in your family name, please reach out to 
Program Chair: 

Prof. Rajat Agrawal  is our partner at IITR, for announcing and processing IITRHF awards. He may be reached at  

For progress to date, please visit Heritage Excellence Awards
IITRHF Program: Business Plan Competition (BPC)

IITRHF collaborates with TIDES (Technology Innovation & Development of Entrepreneurship) at IITR campus for Business Plan Competition
IITRHF has been organizing Business Plan Competition since year 2009. This year we partnered with TIDES Business Incubator at IITR for a joint Business Plan Competition to foster entrepreneurship among IITR students and recent alumni. Details at
2017 BPC Awards Update
This year's competition attracted 45 companies that went through assessments, presentations, and due diligence over several weeks, resulting in these winners
  • Best Overall Plan - Fermentech
  • Most Innovative Idea - Aeva 
  • Judges' Choice Award - Zunik Energies

The winners of Best Overall Plan and Most Innovative Idea (one person from each team, preferably a founder) will be sponsored for 6-day acceleration program to either USA, Canada or Europe and a 3-day acceleration program to Bangalore to meet and interact with startups and mentors.

The winning startups will be evaluated for funding, incubation and mentoring at TIDES at IITR campus.
The cash awards are made possible by a generous grant from Mr. Raj Singh (EE, 1968)

For further details visit 

Program Chair: 

Prof. Sanjeev Manhas is our partner at IITR, for announcing and processing TIDES-IITRHF Business Plan Competition related activities. 

He may be reached at

IITRHF Program: Heritage Internship Program (HIP)


Facilitate summer internships in universities that enhance and complement student's classroom learning at IITR and broadens their outlook and research goals

Benefits for Students
  • Conduct research with leading faculty in reputed universities
  • Interact with research students
  • Explore graduate and doctoral programs and advisors
Benefits for Faculty
  • Find talented students with a passion for research and learning
  • Screen potential graduate and doctoral students
  • Know that your guidance made a difference in someone's life

Benefits for Donors
  • Support a program that promotes professional, co-curricular and overall development of students
  • Be a proud sponsor of a program to enhance the learning of students from your alma mater
  • Gratitude of being able to provide opportunities far greater than those available when you were in the same boat

If you are a faculty in a University and would like to offer internship to an IITR alum in partnership with IITRHF, please reach out to Program Chair:

Rachna Lal (M.Arch. '89) at

Rachna Lal is an M.Arch 2003 graduate from IIT Roorkee, and is also a native Roorkee-ite. She currently works in the world of technology marketing at Hitachi Vantara. 
She is a marketeer by profession, an architect by training and a writer at heart!

Prof. Manoj Mishra  is our partner at IITR  for internship related activities of IITRHF.  He may be reached at

For progress to date, please visit 
Heritage Internship Program
2018 HIP Recipient: 

Parth Gupta
IMSc Applied Mathematics
Class of 2020

Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Ananth Grama, Purdue

Internship Details: 

Parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications. 

Parth has worked on novel classification algorithms to determine storms from satellite images, expected to be incorporated in an ISRO satellite in 2018.

IITR Alumni Prof. Venkat Lakshmi joins IITRHF 
Heritage Internship Program to provide Research Internship Opportunities

IITRHF welcomes our alum Prof. Venkat Lakshmi to IITR Heritage Internship Program
Prof Lakshmi earned B.E. Civil '87 from IIT Roorkee, M.S. Civil & Environmental '86 from University of Iowa, and Ph.D. Civil & Environmental '89 from Princeton University. Currently he is Carolina Trustee Professor in School of Earth, Ocean and the Environment at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Dr. Venkat has been a visiting research fellow at University of Hong Kong, and a visiting faculty at Stanford University. He has won numerous awards, including excellence in teaching, and NASA group achievement award for the AQUA Mission in 2003.  His research uses satellite remote sensing data from NASA satellites to understand water resources in important regions of the world.
You can browse more about him at

IITRHF Program: Academic Industry Collaboration

IITRHF Academic Industry Collaboration  program was established several years ago as a long-term partnership with Cisco USA, that led to faculty and equipment grants for telephony and security lab at IITR campus, and fully paid 1-year internships to IITR students at Cisco USA. 
For achievements to date, visit Academic Industry Collaboration page.

In addition to IITR students, IITRHF has facilitated inclusion of students from IIT Gandhinagar and JP Institute of IT at Noida in this program. Current Directors of both IITGN and JP Institute at Noida, are IITR Alumni.

If you like to host the interns for an event, or if you want to explore a similar partnership with your company, please reach out to  Program Chair: 




IITRHF Board Member Dr. Kiran Panesar runs 
ENCORE Campus Awards 

The 1989 batch started Encore Awards at IIT Roorkee in 2015 after the Silver Jubilee celebrations. 107 people from the batch joined together to raise over 43 Lakh Rupees. The goals of the scholarships are threefold: to recognize all round excellence, encourage women in science and technology, and to help needy and meritorious students.
There are two awards,
  • an overall excellence award for Rs 50,000 (given to 2 or 3 students), and
  • a merit-cum-means award for Rs 30,000 (given to 5 or 6 students).
In the short three years the awards have been running, they have become the most coveted awards on campus. One of the reasons for the success of the award has been the rigorous, fair and transparent evaluation of applicants, including an in-person interview by our batch mates who travel to Roorkee specifically for this.
The process is run by a committee of 9 people. Each application is reviewed on predetermined scoring criteria by at least 2 committee members. In the case of 4 th year awards, the applications include essays. Final interviews of shortlisted candidates are conducted on campus. The results are declared by early November.
We are working closely with the Heritage Foundation for future fundraising.
Here are some stats:

3 Merit
4 Means
3 Merit
5 Means
To be announced shortly
Girl Awardees

For more details and to find out about the winners, please visit the website:

Program Representative: 

About IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation (IITRHF)


IITRHF is a USA based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All US donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law.

All IITRHF programs are run by volunteers with no financial overhead. Contact with feedback, or to chair a program.

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Please support IITRHF with "तन,मन,धन (time, evangelism, donations)"

Set up an Annual award in your family name

Donate $5000 and set up your Annual Family Award in the department of your choice

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 Pradeep Kathail
(MS Computer Science '95 )
Harish Goyal (Civil '79) 
Distinguished Alumni 09
Outreach and Development